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RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta celebrates 40 years on the air

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta celebrates 40 years on the air

This week Raidió na Gaeltachta is celebrating a major milestone in its history with a series of programmes and a new radio drama,  Baile an Droichid
At 3 o’clock on Easter Sunday 1972, Raidió na Gaeltachta broadcast its first programme.

Saor Raidió Chonamara was established in 1970 as a result of the pressure that was put on the authorities to set up a radio service to cater for the Gaeltacht community.

Gluaiseacht Chearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta succeeded in their campaign and Raidió na Gaeltachta was set up two years later.

In the beginning, 7 broadcasters provided the service within the Gaeltacht regions for 2 hours a day. 40 years later and the station is now a national institution, on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week all around the country, and in recent years internationally through the internet and satellite services.
The success of Raidió na Gaeltachta lies within the roots, and the emphasis of the forthcoming 40th anniversary celebrations will be on the humble beginnings in 1972.

A public event will be held on Easter Sunday, 8th April in Óstán an Cheathrú Rua, from which Togha agus Rogha will be broadcasting live and the attending crowd will be entertained for the evening.

Baile an Droichid, a new radio drama, commenced broadcasting on Sunday  1st April and 15 new episodes can be heard between then and the Summer.
The celebrations will continue over the next couple of months with one-off programmes and concerts, and the highlight will take place in May when the President of Ireland,  Michael D. Higgins, will visit the station’s headquarters in Casla, cementing the importance and status of  Raidió na Gaeltachta in the lives of Gaeilgeoirí all over the country, and now, the world.

© Foilsithe ar - 03 Aibreán 2012

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